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July 17, 2014

Manuelita story told in words and live music

MANUELA Saenz died in poverty, almost forgotten in the Peruvian city of Paita. But now the story of this revolutionary who captured the spirit of a continent and became the beating heart of South American liberation as well as a proto-feminist, an underground spy and lover of Simon Bolivar is being told in words and music in the Edinburgh Fringe production of Manuelita. Written and performed by Tamsin Clarke, with live music by Columbian guitarist Camila Menjura, the show arrives in Edinburgh having won the CASA Latin American Theatre Festival Scratch Award and runs at Underbelly Cowgate from July 31 to August 24 at 12.40pm.


Regeneration in Edinburgh

THE stage adaptation of Pat Barker's Booker-nominated novel Regeneration comes home to its Edinburgh setting at the end of September. The Touring Consortium co-production with Northampton's Royal and Derngate company opens in Northhampton before visiting the King's Theatre from September 30 to October 4. The play, an adaptation by Nicholas Wright directed by Simon Godwin, is set in Edinburgh'sCraiglockart Hospital in 1917 and tells the story of psychiatrist Wiliam Rivers and his shell-shocked patients, including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen.


Click Clack celebration

ECLECTIC Edinburgh musical adventurers Click Clack Club celebrate their 49 promotion on Thursday July 24. CCC founders saxophonist Steve Kettley, bass guitarist Dave Conway and drummer Des Travis will open the night, performing in their guise as zany improvisers Snibbo.


Proms get into spirit of Games

THE BBC Proms, which start at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow evening when Sir Andrew Davis, pictured, conducts Elgar's oratorio The Kingdom, gets into the spirit of Glasgow's hosting of the 20th Commonwealth Games by Sunday morning. The first ever Sport Prom kicks off at 10.30am when conductor Rebecca Miller is one of a quartet of females taking the occasion to the nation. She directs the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus in a programme of Mozart, Prokofiev, Carl Orff and Josef Strauss - as well as selection of TV sports show theme tunes - that will be presented on stage by Gabby Logan, whose other guests include Olympic rower Anna Watkins, skating champion Robin Cousins, cricketer Phil Tufnell, and a Scotland and Wasps rugby winger called Kenny. The event is also broadcast live in two different versions, with Katie Derham presenting for the douce listeners to the Third Programme and Eleanor Oldroyd welcoming a further list of sportspersons to Radio 5 Live.


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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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